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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Flyers have made it difficult on themselves at the start of a season. They host Montreal, which has started the year with consecutive road wins, on Saturday night and are in danger of slipping to 0-3 for the third straight season. The schedule doesn't get easier. After facing the Canadiens, the Flyers meet four of the league's projected heavyweights - Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh. "We have to clean up our little mistakes," defenseman Mark Streit said after a team meeting at their Voorhees practice facility Friday, one day after the Flyers dropped a 6-4 decision to visiting New Jersey, "but on the other hand, we did some good things as well, so we have to be positive out there.
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October 12, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers received some encouraging news Friday: Top-pairing defenseman Braydon Coburn will not miss as much time as originally feared, general manager Ron Hextall said. Hextall said the Flyers won't know Coburn's time frame until he is examined by a specialist Monday, but that he was "optimistic" that the veteran would be able to play when the team starts a three-game road trip in Dallas next Saturday. If that's the case, Coburn would have missed just three games since suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury in Boston on Wednesday.
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October 11, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The lights went down at the Wells Fargo Center, and at the call of his name, Braydon Coburn emerged from a tunnel next to the Flyers bench Thursday night, a pair of crutches propping him up. Lou Nolan's voice was ringing out over the arena's public-address system during the player introductions before the Flyers' home opener, and Coburn - the best among a questionable corps of defensemen - could only watch as his teammates took the ice and tried...
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wayne Simmonds threw his arms in the air as he embraced Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, and Vinny Lecavalier while the frenzied sellout crowd stood in disbelief Thursday night. Simmonds knew. The right winger knew his shot had beaten the buzzer to end the astonishing last few minutes of the second period, knew the Flyers had come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, knew this game suddenly had a different feel to it. But the Flyers couldn't sustain the momentum. Dainius Zubrus scored what proved to be the game-winner as the New Jersey Devils outlasted the Flyers, 6-4, and ruined their home opener.
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October 11, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even though Chris Pronger is still on the Flyers' payroll, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he wouldn't have a problem if the onetime defensive standout worked in the league's player-safety department. And that's apparently what happened Thursday night, when Pronger was hired, according to TSN, which also reported that he remained on the Flyers' long-term injured list, meaning the team would still get $4.9 million in salary-cap relief. The Flyers owe Pronger a total of $5.15 million for the final three years of his contract.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
BOSTON - Forget trying to make a believer of the coaching staff. The toughest part about making a leap for the NHL from Europe well into your 20s is believing you belong. "It takes a while to believe that," said Austrian Michael Raffl, who made the jump last season. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare did not believe in himself 2 years ago, when he first contemplated coming over from Sweden at age 27. In fact, he said he didn't believe he was in the Flyers' Opening Night lineup last night until it was time to take the ice against the Bruins.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
EMERGING FROM the tunnel shortly after the team did before last night's home opener against the Devils, the Flyers' top defensive tandem from the previous season poked out tentatively in street clothes, like groundhogs ganging up to extend what could become an exceptionally early, and long, winter. Kimmo Timonen, recovering from blood clots, popped out first, followed by Braydon Coburn, on crutches. Coburn had played the opener Wednesday night, logging over 20 minutes in the Flyers' 2-1 loss to Boston and apparently suffering a serious lower-body injury in the process.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - An ineffective power play and a stagnant attack ruined the Flyers' season opener Wednesday night at TD Garden. So did Chris Kelly. With 1 minute, 51 seconds left in regulation, Kelly's goal gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win before a frenzied crowd. Adam McQuaid's shot appeared to graze goalie Steve Mason's blocker and fluttered into the air before dropping near the crease, where Kelly tapped it into the net to snap a 1-1 tie. "He broke his stick," Mason said of McQuaid's shot, "and it threw the timing off. The thing that threw me off the most, two guys skated in front and I lost sight of the puck . . . and it landed right in the crease and they were able to put it home.
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October 10, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOSTON - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the Flyers' speedy fourth-line center, was overjoyed by his accomplishment. "I don't know if I really realize what's going on," he said before the season opener Wednesday against the Bruins. "I don't know if it's because it's so many years that you don't believe in this kind of stuff, that it's going to happen to you. " At 29, Bellemare became the ninth French-born player to reach the NHL when he played in the Flyers-Bruins matchup. "It's a big step for our country, for all our hockey fans - to have one more representative of the country," he said.
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October 10, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
LUKE SCHENN laughed. Because, well, there was really nothing else he could do. He was still in a state of disbelief after the Flyers' 6-4 loss to the Devils last night. The only New Jersey goal to which Schenn wasn't either victim or witness was the empty-netter that Mike Cammalleri scored to seal a disheartening home debut. One deflected off his stick past goalie Steve Mason. On another, Mason's line of sight was cut off by Schenn in front. "I'd say some were bad bounces," Schenn said.
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